Mother Jones’ burial site at the Union Miner’s Cemetery, Mount Ollive, Illinois, where she lies beside the victims of the Virden Massacre.
On Sunday 5th October 2014 at mid day a gathering took place at the grave of Mother Jones at the Union Miners Cemetery at Mount Olive, Illinois. After some speeches and some songs from labour singer Len Wallace, the participants raised a toast in honour of Mother Jones. Irish Whiskey from Co Cork in the form of Jameson’s Redbreast was used and there followed a rousing rendition of “Solidarity Forever” after which many of the participants returned for the annual Mother Jones Foundation dinner at Springfield, Illinois later on Sunday night.
Attended by over 200 people, this annual dinner also heard a special message of greetings from the Cork Mother Jones committee.
According to Terry Reed, one of the event organisers;
“We hope this is the beginning of many more exchanges between our two groups as we are united in telling the world of the great lessons this grand champion of the working class spoke, took action and lived”
Terry also promised a film message from the Mother Jones Foundation for the 2015 Spirit of Mother Jones Festival.
State of Illinois Senator Andy Manar attended the Mother Jones gathering at Mount Olive on Sunday 5th October. He announced at the event that the State of Illinois had approved a grant for $41,000 towards the restoration of the grave site and monument of Mother Jones at Mount Olive. Senator Manar had also sent a wonderful message of solidarity to the Spirit of Mother Jones festival earlier this year (click link to view)
Already some $70,000 has been raised through the efforts of the trade union movement and the Illinois AFL-CIO thus ensuring that the full restoration of the grave site becomes a reality.
As part of the Cork Indie Festival, On Sunday 19th October, the new documentary by Frameworks Films “Mother Jones and Her Children” will be shown at the Gate Cinema, North Main Street, Cork starting at 12 noon. Congratulations to director Emma Bowell and Eddie Noonan of Frameworks Films on this truely amazing account of the extraordinary life of Mary Harris/Mother Jones. All Mother Jones supporters are very welcome.
Indie Cork is a f
estival of independent film and music which runs in a number of venues in Cork city from 12th to 19th October 2014. The festival champions independent film productions from Cork, from Ireland and from around the world.
A number of people have asked if any video footage was available of Anne Scargill and Betty Cook of Women Against Pit Closures singing their anthem from the Miners Strike era – “The Women’s Song”. The song was written by Mal Finch. Our thanks to Frameworks Films for the video. By popular demand here it is – performed during their session at the Firkin Crane on July 31st.
Anne Scargill and Betty Cook, Women Against Pit Closures at the Firkin Crane with Yorkshire Mother Jones banner.
The Cork Singers Club at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Maldron Hotel 29th July 2014.
(Left to Right): Teresa Mac Carthaigh, Sean Mac Carthaigh, Tom Long, Monica Dineen, Bill Daly, Pat O Grady, Helen O Donovan, Cliff Wegbury, Bridie Murphy, John Murphy. Helen O’Donovan was Bean a Tí for the spectacular evening of songs and stories. Many of the festival guests such as Anne Feeney, Betty Cook and Anne Scargill also joined in.
Teresa McCarthaigh is the author of “The Ballad of Mother Jones” which she sang once again to huge acclaim.
US folk / union singer Anne Feeneywho performed at the Grand Concert at the Firkin Crane along with Si Kahn. Here she is singing at an “open mike” session at the Maldron Hotel. Photo: Jimmy Thomson.
Anne Scargill and Betty Cook of Women Against Pit Closures who sang a wonderful song called simply “The Women’s Song” about the struggle of women during the 1984 British Miner’s Strike. Photo: William Hammond.
by Professor James Green
Prof. James Green at Shandon during the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival 2014. Photo: Jimmy Thomson.
Prof. James Green of the University of Massachusetts, Boston and author of Death in the Haymarket and the West Virginia Mine Wars delivered the Cork Mother Jones Lecture 2014 at the Spirit of Mother Jones Festival in Cork on the opening day of the festival, Tuesday 29th July.
You can view or download the full text of Prof. Green’s excellent lecture by clicking on the link below.